Transformation Playing Cards, 1811
ransformation playing cards, first published in 1811, in which each card bears a picture in which the suit marks are concealed within the design. This artistic exercise began as an 18th century parlour game and became a popular pastime during the Victorian era when ordinary playing cards would be illustrated in pen and paint.
The first printed 52-card Transformation pack was published in Germany in 1804 and others followed soon afterwards. A facsimile of the pack shown here is published by Harry Margary. A new facsimile is published by the EPCS. See also Cries of London.